moriae encomium

#UBClean #TuumEst

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UBC Board of Governors in action.
Exemplary PowerPoint presentation of the century.
Photo: Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa.

Well, it’s been an exciting last few days and a very exciting day today.

Happy Imbolg / Saint Brigid’s Day  [= Sunday evening through yesterday]: yet another New Year, like those of many other cultures this is a day associated with cleaning out the old and bringing in the new.

I won’t go into any of the tedious details and backstory and buildup and so on between Thursday and today, and you can follow along on Twitter for the public version like anyone else. Here are some visual and verbal highlights.

Why something happened:

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For more background on the issues leading to this protest, see this letter from the Faculty Association, which details how the BoG has, among other things, held committee meetings that left no official record, and made decisions about personnel matters without formal assessments or performance reviews. http://www.facultyassociation.ubc.ca/…/UBCFA%20Letter%20to%…

So here’s that thing that happened today: (more…)

#SaveAshgate

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[I’m not writing a proper full blog post myself: I couldn’t do this matter due justice as my word-brain is fried after marking, finally crashing after working since 6 a.m. So I will hand you over to other people who can address it better, more elegantly and eloquently: Eileen A. Joy follows below (I added links, and images from Schuiten & Peeters Les Cités obscures), and other text is from Custodians Online and Rabia Gregory:]

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UPDATE on ‪#‎saveashgate‬ petition-campaign: the Burlington, Vermont office did close on Nov. 25, while plans for the UK office are still up in the air. In addition, it has been announced that the list price of most existing Ashgate titles will increase on Jan. 1, 2016 to $149.95 / £95.00 per title. (more…)

Might times possibly be a-changing?

This is a direct follow-up to yesterday’s post, though reading the UBC budget news reported below preceded the writing of the former. Yesterday’s post sets the scene. Hopefully that scene-setting will be followed, as in any decent drama, by action.

The text and commentary that follow below might mean that there may be Less-Bad Days Ahead. Or at least glimmers of hope. Either which way I, as a humanist humanities person, like any excuse to keep Hope And Dreams Alive.

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On administrative bloat 

(possibly the first item of a potentially endless series)

(may contain rants)

The issue of what in Ireland (IRCHSS) was referred to as “top-slicing” has a different name here in Canada, but it’s the same wolf under the sanctimonious plain clerical robes.

read on…